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Blog Profile / Brazen Careerist


URL :http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/
Filed Under:Career & Jobs / Career Advice
Posts on Regator:625
Posts / Week:1.7
Archived Since:February 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

3 Rules for workplace friendships

I was a latchkey kid with unlimited charge accounts at all the local stores before there were charge cards. As a kid I worried I was annoying, because people always rolled their eyes when I said “charge it please”. Now I understand that I was the only person in the city with a charge account...

Secrets of successful yoga studios, and other ways to think of ideas that suck

The title of this post should really be five steps to have a career that makes the world a better place. But the first thing about making the world a better place is that if you really want to do that, you’ll have to make some compromises. Like, I have to write blog post titles that will...

Interview tip: How to talk about your weakness

When someone asks you, in an interview, “What is your weakness?” do not give a bullshit answer. Saying something like, “I pay too much attention to detail” is actually a terrible answer for someone who is getting hired to do detail work. It means you have a deficit in the exact area you’re tying to...

How to write about your life: Week-long seminar with Penelope Trunk. Plus special guest-appearance by The Farmer.

I’ve been writing about myself for as long as I can remember. I’ve lectured on writing at places like Boston University, Brown University, and the University of Paris. My first book was a memoir that Publisher’s Weekly said was “quick, punchy prose that keeps the reader riveted.” (A really big rule about selling something is that...

Productivity is about giving something up

I hate myself for not doing yoga every day. That’s how you know you’re serious about yoga: you use it to generate self-hatred. I am the type of person who can use a wide range of things to this end: telling my son the wrong name for the D major scale on the piano, for example....

There are three career paths and one will fit you

Wisconsin kids will trick-or-treat on Wednesday undaunted by storms, and on Thursday my kids will be in a candy coma. No nagging emails, no whining kids, just me and Miranda July. I am reading her book because she had the best website ad for her book. It’s like a little film and when you see...

5 steps to developing your resilience

“Your post just destroyed Melissa’s life.” This is the email I got from Melissa’s fiance, Steven, who is now her ex-fiance. He did not like the post I wrote. Before you tell me that I’m a terrible person for writing the post I want you to know that Melissa’s therapist read the post that same day and told...

Success requires balancing being right with being nice

See that picture of my son?  I tell him all the time he is not being nice. “Be nice?” I tell him. “If you are not nice then people won’t like you.” So he surprised me by writing it on his hand. An example of him not being nice is that he doesn’t see that when...

Inside the mind of a workaholic

I am sleeping in the downstairs bedroom. Alone. Or sometimes with the dog. I hate writing this story because I want to be a person you admire, but I also hate not writing it. Because I want to be a person I admire. I want to be a person known for honesty. Which means I need...

I think Marissa Mayer has Asperger Syndrome

Marissa Mayer has just been named CEO of Yahoo. She is a powerhouse in Silicon Valley and she was on the cover of the most recent Fortune Magazine 50 Most Powerful Women issue. Before I tell you why I think she has Asperger Syndrome, I want to tell you why I think it’s important: Aspergers is a...

Find the right career by doing the wrong career

The update about my friend Melissa is that she is still working in an administrative job that is totally unimpressive. By choice. Because the only way to know what you’ll like for sure is to try it, so building a career is an exercise in trial and error. Which is what Melissa is doing. And even though...

Start your own company! A week-long seminar with Penelope Trunk

I’m giving a seminar on how to get an idea for a business and launch it. And, you’ll be pleased to know that I have never had a lot of money when I launched my businesses, so I’ll teach you how to launch a business the same way: with very little money. I give lots of...

How to pick a career you’ll like

Most career problems stem from the fact that we are terrible at picking jobs. We think we are picking a good job and then it turns out to be a bad job. It’s almost impossible to pick a good job on the first try, actually. So don’t think you’ll be the exception. I’m not an exception...

How to understand your relationship to money

Here’s a phone call I had with the Farmer, last summer, when I was at a cello institute with my son: Me: We have bites everywhere. We are never going blackberry picking again. Farmer: I don’t have bites. I don’t think it’s blackberries. Me: They are itching. They are mosquito bites. Farmer: I think they’re bed bugs. Me: Country people always think bed bugs!...

4 Secrets of focused people

Do you like that headline? I stole it from CBS. When I saw the headline there, I clicked immediately. I didn’t like the post, but it got me thinking. Why does anyone want focus? People probably click the headline because we associate focus with success. Of course, I come from a family full of people with...

What good mentoring looks like

This is a guest post from Cassie Boon. She is 25 years old, and she is a social media specialist at a large public relations firm. She is also a single mom to a six-year-old son, and they live in a town in Illionois with a population of 2000. I read Penelope’s blog posts about abuse...

How to plan a career in your 20s to stay home with kids in your 30s

Forbes just published a survey that shows that 84% of working women want to stay home with kids . The new job that everyone wants is stay-at-home mom. This makes sense to me. It’s clear that women don’t want to bust through the glass ceiling, or they’d have done it by now. And it’s clear that...

Lessons with 9/11: How to live without regret

I was at the World Trade Center when it fell. Every year I say to myself that this will be the last post I write about 9/11. And then every year I write another post. So, now I have a whole archive of posts about my story:  I was so close to death, from suffocation, that...

How to find inspiration at work

The research about inspiration is, generally, that it improves our wellbeing but we cannot control when it comes to us. That said, opening ourselves to new experiences makes inspiration more likely. And surrounding ourselves with inspired people makes us more likely to feel inspired ourselves. We constantly look for work that inspires us, but I have...

Networking means making real friends.

I took my kids to a four-day music workshop in Boston. The kids play fiddle music at home and the workshop is with a fiddle player they love: Brian Wicklund. But the workshop was terrible, so we quit the first day. Now we are tourists in Boston. So I went through my list of people who...

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